The CMJ Music Marathon is an annual new music showcase that sees New York City’s myriad bars and venues taken over by thousands of bands and artists from across the globe. With conferences during the day, this five-day bender is really all about the gigs and the legendary afterparties and NME.COM is going to be seeking out the crème de la crème so check back for blogs, reports and galleries as well as our special daily podcasts featuring the best new bands.